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An Introduction to Terpenes

An Introduction to Terpenes

At Tasty Hemp Oil, we flavor our Tasty Drops naturally with terpenes. That sounds great, but what are terpenes? This component of the cannabis plant plays an important role, so let’s dive into the basics.

Terpenes are aromatic compounds created by a plant. Many plants form terpenes, including citrus fruits, pine, lavender, and, yes, cannabis. In fact, there are over 200 terpenes identified in the cannabis plant so far and each strain of cannabis has a unique terpene profile.

The distinct fragrance and flavor profile of cannabis is created by terpenes. Terpenes are secreted through trichomes (tiny hairs) in a resin that also includes cannabinoids such as CBD and THC. While we enjoy terpenes for the fragrance, the main purpose of terpenes is to repel predators and encourage pollination.

In addition to aromatics, terpenes have beneficial properties. Similar to cannabinoids, terpenes bind to receptors in the brain to produce various effects. Researchers are still uncovering how terpenes can be of benefit to the human body; however, the therapeutic properties of terpenes have been applied for centuries. Just think of how we use lavender for its calming properties!

Terpenes and the Entourage Effect

Initially, the effect of cannabis was thought to come exclusively from cannabinoids such as CBD and THC. Now, researchers are finding that terpenes also play a role in the effect of cannabis. We are learning that terpenes interact with cannabinoids to produce an outcome unique to the compounds alone. Since both terpenes and cannabinoids bind to receptors in the brain, they can affect the chemical output of one another. This synergy is known to researchers as the entourage effect.

Terpenes not only offer a natural solution to flavor, they also play an important role in the interaction of cannabis and our bodies. We look forward to uncovering more about these compounds to understand the full benefit of cannabis.

 

At Tasty Hemp Oil, we use terpenes from plants such as hemp and clary sage to produce our spearmint, berry, vanilla, and natural Tasty Drops flavors. We’ve chosen terpenes for their benefit to the body and their unique interaction with cannabinoids.

 

Do you have any additional questions about terpenes? Leave a comment below!

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